Runners, spectators, police all preparing for Marathon Monday

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a lot of excitement and police say they’re making sure the race will be safe.

Boylston Street here in Boston is buzzing with people, families and runners taking in this amazing weather and atmosphere just one day ahead of the Boston Marathon. Excitement is in the air.

“It’s just charged with electricity,” said Florida-resident Stephen Curet. “You know, everybody, there’s just a spirit of camaraderie among the runners, and it’s just very exciting.”

Hundreds of spectators and runners gathered on Boylston Street near the Boston Marathon finish line Sunday. Some were out taking in the atmosphere, others were gearing up for the grueling day ahead.

22News asked Lauren Galenski, who grew up in Deerfield, Mass., how she was preparing for Monday. “Well, drinking lots of water and, you know, I’m just taking it all in. Being able to run Boston is such an honor.”

Behind the scenes, the Boston Marathon is the culmination of months of police planning. On Marathon Monday, there will be 5,000 uniformed and undercover police officers along the 26.2-mile route, from Hopkinton all the way to the finish line in Boston.

A small crowd gathered near a homemade memorial on Boylston Street, honoring the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The terror attacks still fresh in the minds of many.

“I think it’s just made us all very much aware of our surroundings, a lot more so than we ever did before,” said Kay Peterson, from Wisconsin. “Especially with small children in tow today, we’re making sure we know exactly where they are.”

Law enforcement is urging spectators to leave the worrying to them. Boston Marathon organizers expect as many as one-million spectators from Hopkinton all the way to the finish line in Boston.

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